This book develops an integrated perspective on the practices and politics of making knowledge work in inclusive development and innovation.

While debates about development and innovation commonly appeal to the authority of academic researchers, many current approaches emphasise the plurality of actors with relevant expertise for addressing livelihood challenges. Adopting an action-oriented and reflexive approach, this volume explores the variety of ways in which knowledge works, paying particular attention to dilemmas and controversies. The six parts of the book address the complex interplay of knowledge and politics, starting with the need for knowledge integration in the first part and decolonial perspectives on the politics of knowledge integration in the second part. The following three parts focus on the practices of inclusive development and innovation through three major themes of learning for transformative change, evidence, and digitisation. The final part of the book addresses the governance of knowledge and innovation in the light of political struggles about inclusivity.

Exploring conceptual and practical themes through case studies from the Global North and South, this book will be of great interest to students, scholars, and practitioners researching and working in development studies, epistemology, innovation studies, science and technology studies, and sustainability studies more broadly.

chapter |16 pages

Making knowledge work differently

The politics of knowledge in inclusive development and innovation
Size: 2.81 MB

part I|46 pages

Crossing epistemic boundaries

chapter 1|15 pages

Making transdisciplinarity work

An epistemology of inclusive development and innovation
Size: 1.35 MB
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part II|54 pages

Decolonising knowledge integration

chapter 4|15 pages

A systemic approach to the decolonisation of knowledge

Implications for scholars of development studies
Size: 1.62 MB

chapter 6|13 pages

‘Development' perspectives from the Global South

Learning from Ubuntu and Buen Vivir philosophies
Size: 1.23 MB

part IV|34 pages

Rethinking evidence in development

chapter 10|16 pages

Theorising theories of change in international development

What counts as evidence?
Size: 3.68 MB

part V|44 pages

Negotiating technological change and digitalisation

chapter 12|15 pages

A problematisation of inclusion and exclusion

Trade-offs and nuances in the digitalisation of African agriculture
Size: 1.54 MB

part VI|42 pages

Governing knowledge and innovation

chapter 15|13 pages

Making dialogue work

Responsible innovation and gene editing
Size: 1.33 MB

chapter 16|13 pages

Making knowledge work in practice

An integrative methodology for researching performance in global commodity chains and local food markets
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